One look at girl of the week Priya Panda on-stage and images of Wayne’s World’s Tia Carrere as Rocker Cassandra immediately come to mind. Like Cassandra, the Toronto-based Priya, sings in a band – in Priya’s case the Diemonds – and has that wicked hot girl, gone bad edge about her. Not to mention, both have a nice set of pipes and appreciation for lace. Look for the Diemonds to be hitting Vancouver this summer as part of their Canadian tour. But until then, ladies, meet Priya.
Wearing… Sunglasses that were 5 pounds at a market in London, jeans from Urban Planet, boots, hat, belt, and necklace from Value Village and a Harley Davidson tie-died t-shirt from the Salvation Army.
Why the name Diemonds… The Beatles was already taken.
Band notes… It’s kind of a long story, but we formed because we all sold our souls to rock n’ roll! We’re a dying breed. We’ll never be bank tellers and bean counters. We’re a band of brothers.
Tour essentials… Herbs, spices and hot sauces.
Style icon… Stormer from Jem and the Holograms.
Musically inspired by… Whiskey….oh, and Aerosmith, KISS, Guns n’ Roses, Plasmatics, Warlock, Z.Z. Top, Black Sabbath, solo Ozzy Osbourne, and Thin Lizzy.
Lucky Charms… My grandma’s rings.
Currently craving… Pizza and pinball, always.
Fashion hot list… Secondhand leather, vests and boots.
Top shops… Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village, estate sales, garage sales, and rummage sales. Also, anywhere you can buy bandage dresses.
Fashion commandments… Thou shalt wear more leather. Thou shalt grow your hair – you only live once. Thou shalt wear leather boots. Thou shalt not wear Uggs. Thou shalt not buy anything you don’t intend to keep for the rest of your life and then pass on – otherwise you don’t really need or want it at all.
Your happy song… Girl Money by KIX.
Double dare for Style Spy girls… Support a local live band this weekend. Every “nightclub” is the same…haven’t you had enough?